August Stoic Philosophy Discussion Group: Death with Dignity

I’ll be hosting a Stoic Philosophy discussion group on death with dignity with the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia on August 20 of 2017.

Join me and members of the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia (HAGP) for a free open-to-the-public Stoic Philosophy discussion group I’ll be hosting focused on the topic of death with dignity. The event will take place in the community room of the Upper Moreland Public Library at 2 P.M. on Sunday, August 20. Following the discussion, I’ll join attendees for conversation & Greek and Mediterranean dinner at Zoe’s Kitchen — a short drive from the library — in Willow Grove.

What can you expect? I’ve hosted six Stoic Philosophy discussion groups with HAGP and also recently delivered a speech to HAGP members titled ‘Stoic Philosophy for Secular Humanists.’ I will upload a podcast episode on the topic of death with dignity, but this discussion group will not be recorded, so you’ll have to attend for the full experience.

I’ve been uploading Stoic videos and podcasts to SoundCloud, iTunes, YouTube, and Stitcher in addition to maintaining a Patreon page which includes content & updates in addition to rewards for those who support my efforts.

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Here’s more information about the discussion group from HAGP’s meetup.com site were you can RSVP:

Justin Vacula explores Stoicism with goals to inform, empower, and help others benefit from practical wisdom of Ancient Greek, Roman, and modern thinkers including Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and Seneca.

For the Stoics, a main focus is pursuing virtue to attain a well-examined life through practical applications of Philosophy – acting with good character, using reason to form accurate careful judgments about the world, and achieving contentment. Stoic writers focus on many perennial human concerns and urge people to take action applying what they learn to everyday life. Self-improvement — strengthening one’s mindset — is central to Stoic thought.

Join a discussion lead by Justin Vacula — the seventh in this series — to explore Stoic perspectives on death with dignity or euthanasia, ending one’s life (particularly in old age) to rid oneself of pain and suffering.

Can suicide be rational? In what, if any, circumstances should we choose to end our lives? Is life always worth living – even with a terminal disease which significantly diminishes our quality of life? Is quality of life more important than quantity of life? We will explore these questions and more for this month’s discussion.

Epictetus’ ‘Discourses,’ Marcus Aurelius’ ‘Meditations,’ and Seneca’s ‘Letters from a Stoic‘ will be referred to in this discussion.

See you there and, as always, feel free to comment below to share your thoughts and questions.

In the meantime, stay tuned for more content including podcast episodes with upcoming guests Philosophy Professor Dr. Regan Reistma and American Muslim Tim Maloney.

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Justin Vacula

Justin Vacula hosts the Stoic Philosophy Podcast; serves as co-organizer and spokesperson for the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Freethought Society; and has hosted monthly Stoic Philosophy discussion groups for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia. He has appeared on and hosted various radio shows and podcasts; participated in formal debates and discussions; was a guest speaker for college-level courses; was featured in local, national, and international news; and has been invited to speak at various national, local, and statewide events. Vacula received bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a minor in Professional Writing, and the distinguished W.A. Kilburn Memorial Award for Philosophy from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is currently living in the Scranton, PA area attending Marywood University's graduate-level Mental Health Counseling program and has worked with the Arc of Luzerne County's Transition to Community Employment program as a teacher's assistant and job coach alongside adult learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He also plays poker; volunteers as a member of the website and media team for the Greyhawk Reborn Dungeons & Dragons campaign while playing at events in the Eastern United States; and enjoys metal music.